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X25 v X27

Post in 'The Gear' started by 1750, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. 1750

    1750 Minister of Fire

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    I want to get a friend a gift of a splitting axe.

    You all seem to like the Fiskars line quite a bit -- I don't really hear another being discussed.

    He's about 6 ft tall and weighs around 190#s. In good shape and understands splitting wood.

    I was thinking to go with the X27, but would be happy to go with the smaller model if there was a reason to do so.

    If you have any thoughts on this, I'd appreciate hearing them.

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  2. Prof

    Prof Burning Hunk

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    I like the x27 a lot. The x25 seemed a bit short to me, and I'm not a tall guy. The x27 keeps the razor sharp edge away from my shins. Any Fiskars would be a great gift!
  3. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    X27

    I have both. I'm 6'0", and its 36" length fits me better.
  4. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    I am 6'2", have both, and the 36" is a way better fit.
  5. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I'm just short of 6"2 and can't figure out what that has to do with handle length. I like the short handle. What saves my shins is a chopping block.
  6. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    That's easy. In general, taller folk prefer the longer handle on the X27. There are exceptions.

    In fact, when the original Fiskars Super Splitting Axe (not the X25) was introduced at 28", it seemed to be very well liked, but taller folk clamored in forums and product reviews for a longer handle. Fiskars obliged.

    Can taller folk learn to swing a 28" axe? Sure, but the these axes are tweeners--not quite the weight of a typical splitting maul yet not the shape of a standard chopping/felling axe. Some folks like to use their larger maul swing with these Fiskars axes, and some folks don't split on blocks.
  7. BCC_Burner

    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    X27, I don't know why you would ever want a shorter handled splitting tool unless it was hatchet sized and meant to be used one handed.

    A chopping axe, possibly but for splitting, give me the longest handle you can. And I'm only 5'7''.
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    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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  9. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    5'8" and love the 27. Stand a little further away. Much better leverage.
  10. 1750

    1750 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks, everyone.

    I couldn't find this at any of the local stores (and the Fiskars website is surprisingly little help locating a local retailer), so I ordered this online tonight through Amazon. FYI -- $47 and free shipping!
  11. lostDuck

    lostDuck New Member

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    I just bought the x25 and returned it for the x27. I felt the x25 was too short....
  12. parthy

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    Just received my x25 last night. Haven't used it yet. Hope I didn't make a mistake. I am 55 yrs old with arthritis and 5'8" I was looking at the weight of it . You should see what I have been using. Shakes her head.

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